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PR(06)12: The EFTA Surveillance Authority’s Annual Report 2005 is published


The Annual Report provides information on the most important issues examined by the EFTA Surveillance Authority in 2005, and, thereby, gives an insight into the functioning of the EEA Agreement in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The Report reveals, among other aspects, that in 2005, the Authority:

  • was successful in the four cases decided by the EFTA Court where it was directly involved – two cases initiated by the Authority itself and two appeals against its state aid decisions;
  • decided to bring Norway before the EFTA Court over the introduction of a gaming machines monopoly;
  • carried out important inspections with regard to food safety and veterinary control;
  • commenced its aviation security inspections;
  • focused on inquiries examining competition in entire sectors of the economy; and
  • increased its emphasis on recovery of unlawfully granted state aid.

The Annual Report seeks to explain the Authority’s position on various problems with regard to the implementation and application of the EEA Agreement and secondary EEA legislation in the three EFTA States. It contains statistics on the Authority’s case handling and on the performance of the EFTA States with regard to implementation of EEA rules.

The Report is divided into four chapters, covering:

In addition to the Report itself, the Authority has published on its website an annex, listing:

  • Internal Market affairs cases open as of 31 December 2005; and
  • Internal Market affairs cases closed during the course of 2005.

The objective of the Agreement of the European Economic Area is to establish a dynamic and homogeneous EEA between the EU and the EFTA States party to the Agreement – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – based on common rules and equal conditions of competition.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Tor Arne Solberg-Johansen
Press and information officer, Legal & Executive Affairs Department
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66

To obtain a paper copy of the Report, please contact:
Ms. Charlotte Schaldemose
Information co-ordinator, Legal & Executive Affairs Department
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 25

13 March 2006

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